Rafael “Rafa” Nadal is not only one of your favorite tennis players. According to a recent survey carried out by Personality Media in Madrid, he is for his own countrymen the best-known and most-highly-considered Spaniard, a prophet in his own land.
Nadal has won 12 Grand Slam singles titles, the 2008 Olympic gold medal in singles, and a record 24 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 and 14 ATP World Tour 500 tournaments. He was also a member of the winning Spain Davis Cup team in 2004, 2008, 2009, and 2011. In 2010, he became the seventh player in history and youngest of four in the Open Era to achieve the Career Grand Slam. He is only the second male player, after Andre Agassi, to complete the Career Golden Slam.
Rafa Nadal has been ranked number one by the ATP for 102 weeks. As of 8 July 2013, he is ranked No. 4. He is considered one of the greatest players of all time. His success on clay has earned him the nickname “King of Clay” and has led many sports journalists and commentators, as well as former and current players, to regard him as the greatest clay court player in history.
His career achievements say it all. He’s the only player in professional tennis history to win eight consecutive titles in a single tournament, and he’d done it three times: in the French Open, the Monte Carlo Masters Tournament and the Barcelona Open. The list of his Grand Slam victories is too long to publish here, but if you’re interested you can follow this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_career_achievements_by_Rafael_Nadal.
The following 11-minute video compilation of some of Nadal’s greatest moments in tennis was put together by one of his loyal fans. Follow this link to see the incomparable Rafa at work.
Video courtesy of Rafa2404R